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making a courtesy call may sting the kremlin more than the council ation itself is the mythical trump put in bromance finally over to discuss that i'm now in joined by nicollette patrick professor of political science at the university of rhode island professor petras good to talk to you thank you very much for your time nice to be here now you seem cautiously optimistic about the two countries moving forward after the house and summit between the two leaders i heard that in one interview you particularly noted the tone the two presidents truck and i agree that they seem to have found if not there are a poor but at least sound way off not purposefully offending each other given the recent cancellation do you think that optimism was a bit premature well i actually wrote a piece that was in titled a summit of low expectations and that's because the personal relationship between the any two leaders only goes so far then
gets fleshed out by the. experts that are brought in to finalize the details of any agreement so it's good in principle always for people to talk on the other hand if the positions of the two nations are fundamentally far apart then that's not going to go very far this is at this point it's not even about personal relations or by letter relations between the two nations it's simply about the diplomatic protocol as i'm sure you know this is something people take on both sides very meticulous of a deliberate the president's each sparing minute with great care and here you have somebody canceling a meeting that have hundreds if not thousands of people working round the clock without as much as even placing a call. do you think the kremlin would be justified in taking. a bit of an offense
in this case you can always take offense at things that's the parag of the people in these positions have been and you're absolutely right in the way you describe the set up but the only person who doesn't seem to be aware of these protocols and the ramifications of deviating from them is donald trump himself so what can you do you can take offense or you can move on i believe assume that the russian government is. wise enough to simply move on and not try to make too much or read too much into this. into this incident well i was following the discussions about that on the russian television and many experts point out that russia is indeed trying to
exercise what they call strategic patience i think that's a bomb us term in relation to chime but they also point out that putin stations has certain limits do you think putin politically can afford to be stood up in this fashion by trump on more than one occasion he's not the first. head of state to be so treated. and as i recall the twitter and there are many of them but the last twitter feed from the president of the united states that i read i actually thought it was rather apologetic the real thing to focus on here is that the president of the united states is in a bind. and he is attacked by the. by the political opposition which has recaptured. the lower house the house of
representatives. and and the investigation. of which he is subject is also proceeding and it's just a politically unacceptable time for him to be dealing with russians or chinese or saudi arabians or really any host of people. that the democrats in congress can simply label as people that are that we should not be talking to so the bottom line here is that russian american relations are hostage to american domestic politics well but i agree with you but from the russian point of view the meeting in argentina was important particularly important in the light of the american pullout from the iran after muska made it clear that they were one they wanted to discuss was specifically the issues of nuclear arms control and strategic
stability aren't those issues a little bit more important than the difficulties of the american domestic politics . i wish i could say yes but the truth of the matter is no well that's a fair answer if if they think you for that that's all i can say i mean listen to the rhetoric of the people who are coming who are the democratic leaders who are coming into key positions in the house and their counterparts in the senate. what do they say other than platitudes that do not in fact address the real interest of the united states which need to be addressed systematically comprehensively and by professionals well given what you just sad you mentioned before that entranced with there was a bit of a if not wailed apology done at least and extended had he hinted at that he's
willingness to meet again should the kremlin take that as a platitude as you put it or should it indeed read something into that no i don't i don't think there's much to be read into any twitter feed i'm not sure what function they play now in diplomacy seem to be simply a phenomenon of this president and they have no war no standing no diplomatic standing mckown was the subject of several fierce and really directly insulting. twitter feeds by the president and again you can blow this into a huge incident or you can simply say well that's trump being trump and move on you know the interesting thing the interesting outcome of all this is it is it brings.
into the company of many other american allies who have been treated in a similar fashion by this president when they. get together in mccall they can form a little side as they can come together and form a little club and share share their experiences you know with with trump well i'm not sure vladimir putin will be very welcome in that club either but let me ask you one more thing specifically about the way trump war that he is tweed because at first i thought if he was trying to sound bossy demanding the immediate release of the ukrainian sailors but then it struck me that maybe he was looking for a more norm biding reason because he specifically cited that the meeting was cancelled not over the incident in the black sea which you can't really change but rather over the detention of the ukrainian sailor speech will be over in two months
do you agree with. do you think he was looking for the easiest way out and perhaps most non biting wait out that's a very thoughtful question but i don't think that much thought went into his tweet i think it was just well what can we use that is not been resolved yet and that is still ongoing to use as a pretext for cancelling this meeting which is politically unacceptable to the president in the current domestic context. that's i think as far as it is it goes and we cannot we also cannot know whether the ukrainian sailors currently being detained and presumably building being put on trial will be released that any point in the future of their detention is a pretrial detention and then we have to see what the outcome of the trial is now you called my previous question a very thoughtful one left me counter that with
a very lame question because i noticed in the preparation for this program that neither donald trump no lied to me put in follow each other on twitter i mean they both have twitter accounts to put in doesn't all of the use he's as often as mr trump but they do not follow each other do you read anything into that do you think that's a statement of perhaps their political independence to the extent that people don't have twitter accounts they evoke my admiration it suggests to me that they can think in more than one hundred forty or i think that limit has now been extended a little bit characters that's a good thing. so i i applaud president putin for that. it's rather. unfortunate in my opinion that trump spends a lot of the his time as as our public servant
on twitter now our ukrainian neighbors have presented trump's tweets as yet another victory on their part is that all they can get from the americans at this point or do you expect other things to follow things like sanctions and restrictions of any kind i think the current american congress both house and senate. i have never met an excuse for sanctions that they don't like so there's always a good reason for sanctions yes but sooner or later they they have to run out of options no they don't as a matter of look at the sequence of sanctions as they've been imposed they are now totally divorced from actual actions and words it's in response to actions taken months if not years ago that clearly indicates that.
it's just a kind of. persistent effort to bring our displeasure with russia with its system of government with the russians with putin to the fore and the reason for that is there are no political there are no negative political consequences to such an attitude in american politics there's only pluses the question is how far do you think the they may be willing to go because the they had of the ukrainian navy called on the international community to shot the bosphorus to russian ships over the incident side of the montreal convention so ukraine is clearly trying to internationalize to broaden the scope of this incident is there any chance of that happening in the american supporting that i don't think so no the immediate nato response was to remind the ukrainians that the number of nato ships that entered the
waters of the black sea this year has already increased by fifty percent compared to twenty seventeen. that's a very diplomatic way of saying no ok professor petro b. have to take a very short break now but we will be back in just a few moments states. are. responding quickly in this hour the need. arise how the powder but i again gouge and down the toilet. yes this time i did you. know i'm going to employ is going to go to break. bring your daughter the most someone to host u.d.m.a. job if you get a thump and you know has
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only down to the bone. there is no really. we're not sure this is just. something back to worlds apart but nicole eyepatch a professor of political science at the university of rhode island professor these program is called worlds apart but i think we are more or less on the same page in believing that this incident. is most beneficial to the ukrainian president patrol poroshenko but before we discuss it let me ask you to be a contrarian and think about the possible motives while why the russians would be nice she'd concoct and pull something like that well there is
a russian interest in not letting the ukrainian assertion of sovereignty over crimea and this spirit of the kids peninsula. to stand unchallenged in other words russia makes the claim this is now russian territory and we assert our sovereignty through the implementation of these procedures of passage the ukrainian responses naturally to challenge that claim and to a certain craney and sovereignty by. not recognizing that by challenging that procedure well professor but this was not the first time that the ukrainian ships were trying to save through the. strait of courage and before that they always followed the procedure to avoid those confrontations these posts on the side of
ukraine seems to be a new then so this this is a new approach and incident but it was bound. it was bound to happen at some point in other words the next logical step in challenging the russian claim to crimea is to assert its in that it is invalid in to in the context of existing international treaties the the two thousand and three two thousand and three treaty on. i should say accord on cooperation in the c. of us off. and to make sure that the ukrainian interpretation of that is is is acknowledged by russia and russia will of course reject it as it applies to this curch straits so it was i think it could be
expected that this would occur but the reason it occurred now and i agree with the past three ukrainian presidents who penned a common letter on this the reason it occurred now has everything to do with the upcoming ukrainian presidential elections now that's the most frequent explanation to be here but and i do want to ask you about that before we go there i think from the russian point of view the timing of this incident is doubly sensitive not only because of the trump meeting which was cancelled but also because of all the deliberations in europe over the north stream to pipeline the construction of which the ukrainians are actively trying to undermine. do you think the americans and the europeans whatever they think about russia president putin genuinely believed that the russians were the ones to initiate this incident very is no way to know that
that's that's just an ex psychological you know good trying to trying to explore. the inner mind and psychology of of a politician let me try to rephrase it question this guy. do you think the russians would judge jeopardize both of these issues what i think is that the the psychology and intentions. the expectations of what the other side intended to do are beside the point we have the incident as it played out. and as i understand it is what happened followed more or less the rules of procedure and engagement on the high seas that that one would expect there's a certain leeway here as to. the conditions under which.
ships can be stopped and boarded if they refuse to be stopped and boarded then upon which they can be fired upon. and lawyers should dispute that. but beyond that there was nothing really extraordinary about this incident once it had reached the appropriate stage of conflict the the actual incident at sea itself this this was the natural or logical i should say outcome of this and these sorts of confrontations at one end of the spectrum all the way to more rarely thank god incidents in which there is shooting in casualties they occur routinely around the world but i think it is important to. at least try to understand who. if there was any part of what that was deliberately
planning this incident because if we take the russian version of events and believe that president person was planning deliberately planning it all along than the implication of that would be that he was also pushing his main geopolitical partners both europe and america into a corner on russia he wanted to put them in a difficult position way when they would have to choose between the horrible of russia and the young struggling ukraine once again and i think nobody likes. feeling the feeling that they're being played least of all on go america or donald trump what do you think do you think they if they will pick up on his intention if there was indeed an intention of playing them. i've spoken in the last year to several former u.s.
ambassadors to russia and my sense of. their view is that. stern powers dealing with ukraine understand very well that ukraine is trying to maneuver the west into a more aggressive and direct confrontation. with with russia over ukraine. so this is certainly not new this is. been the pattern not only for the last four years one could go back to previous presidents of ukraine most notably that are you sure. and. and it is it is a policy that is under has been understood as such of the main thing to
understand is that that is not a position which is necessarily uncomfortable to many western politicians so it's a you think they're totally fine for example angela merkel who publicly of peace talks about the need to solve the ukrainian conflict as soon as possible do you think she's perfectly fine with president poroshenko pulling such a trick on the eve of his own presidential elections and hopefully perhaps at least with the help of dragging europe and the united states into a direct confrontation with russia i take it as a good sign that. western political leaders are aware of the desire of ukrainian politicians to manipulate them because then they recognize what is happening from that perspective and they do not need to react
in a knee jerk fashion. they can actually determine what their own policies are and try to respond in a more measured and careful way to alter slightly ukrainian policy but no one i think i hope your readers should your viewers understand i think that no one in this political game is naïve all the sides wish to manipulate the other side and at the same time try to promote their interests as they see them. the only way to avoid permanent conference conflict and confrontation is to be willing to make concessions and that's what has been absent in this dialogue
is the is the willingness to make concessions in order to reach a common view and a common agreement you said that everybody in this in this field understands that everybody else is what kind of a game everybody else is playing and yet i think of really for the first time we've seen a very strong opposition domestically in ukraine to those kind of tricks as you mentioned the number of pro western ukrainian politicians accuse poroshenko of exploiting the situation for his own personal a political game and yet the ukrainian parliament did give him what he wanted the martial law although shortened to one month was it do you interpret that as as more of a victory or a defeat for president. i see it as a defeat because we have seen publicly expressed for the first
time in ukrainian politics since really the twenty fourteen my done. a an elite consensus against the president why then you may ask did they accept martial law at all well because the context of ukraine that tells us more about the context of ukrainian politics namely that. the current majority in the parliament in that. and of course the administration and most of the intellectual and political elite and financial elite. how asked to be anti russian because russia has been legally defined in ukraine as the aggressor as the aggressor nation so you cannot display a division of this kind. in the face of what is defined as
russian aggression it would be invalidating your entire your entire political agenda what we see in the thirty day. the thirty day martial law applied only to essentially the problem of the majority russian speaking regions. is in fact a political compromise that they find acceptable but that sends a very clear signal to president bush and call that that essentially his time in office is over i would be astonished if his ratings after this went up i think his chances of reelection which were very slim to begin with are now even lower well it's interesting you say that because people in his weak position often l. out himself reckless actions but anyway we have to leave it there professor petras
thank you very much for being with us today and for sharing your insights thank you i encourage our viewers to keep this conversation going in our social media pages and hope to syria same place same time here on worlds apart. when a loved one is murder it's natural to seek the death penalty for the murder i would prefer it be in the death penalty just because i think that's the fair thing the right thing research shows that for every nine executions one convict is found
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